Living In The Future's Past

What Kind Of Future Would You Like To See?

Official film description

What kind of future to we want to live in? Jeff Bridges presents this beautifully photographed film of original thinking on who we are and the life challenges we face. This film upends our way of thinking and provides original insights into our subconscious motivations, the unintended consequences, and how our fundamental nature influences our future as mankind.

Notes on the film

"Living In The Future's Past" shows us the complexity of the human role in problems such as climate change and the environmental crisis. It takes a global perspective and creates a sense of interconnectedness.

We recommend the film to those viewers who philosophically deal with the topic of climate change and want to be intoxicated by breathtaking images. Those who expect scientific facts and concrete options for action will be disappointed.

Further reviews

Though it is a sobering account, “Living in the Future’s Past” invites us all to consider the real changes that we can make in order to change our culture of consumption, to mindfully examine what we need rather than what we want. While the outlook often seems bleak, the message is to take the future into our own hands — to change our behavior and change the world. – Los Angeles Times

Charting the rise of the super-organism, Jeff Bridges makes an impassioned plea for all of us to do a little something for the planet. – Daily Film Fix

Kucera, for instance, edited the film using only solar power: “It’s these little shifts that, on such a large scale, make a difference…. Having 7 billion people shifting their desire, that’s one of the focuses on the film,” she says. – Entertainment Weekly

Ten minutes in, the film still feels like it's in that mode so many docs employ to get your attention before they put the title on screen: Throw as many talking heads onscreen, give each just enough time to say a sentence or so, and drape remaining audio over footage of glaciers and wolves and the like. – The Hollywood Reporter

Overall, Living in the Future's Past is remarkable from start to finish. The photographs and scenes are visually striking. It will sustain the viewer's attention for its entire duration, and it hits the audience like a shot in the heart. It is recommended for anybody who is passionate about the environment. – Digital Journal

Technical information and screening rights...

Director(s): Susan Kucera
Script: Susan Kucera
Production: Susan Kucera, Jeff Bridges, James Swift, Jim Swift
Music: Keefus Ciancia, Bob Holroyd
Actors: Ruth Gates, Jeff Bridges, Ugo Bardi, Wesley Clark, Daniel Goleman, Nathan Hagens, Bruce Hood, Bob Inglis, Amy Jacobson, Renee Lertzman, Stephan Lewandowsky, Oren Lyons, Leonard Mlodinow, Timothy Morton, Rich Pancost, Mark Plotkin, Paul Roberts, Ian Robertson, Piers Sellers
Year: 2018
Duration: 83 min
Language (audio): English
Country of origin: United States
Shooting Locations: United States
Our age recommendation: 16
Screening rights: Vision Films ()

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Main topic(s): Climate Planet Earth
Secondary topics: climate sufficiency growth
Mentions: evolution planet human energy resources super organism technology philosophy transition footprint consumerism oil fossils renewables plastics climate change climate science sustainability life future
Topic Page(s): Climate Planet Earth

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